Chris Hedges, “America: The Farewell Tour”

Chris Hedges, “America: The Farewell Tour”, at Politics and Prose on 8/22/18.

A longtime foreign correspondent, Hedges has reported from more than fifty countries. His latest book is a profound exploration of one of the most troubled: today’s United States. Hedges, author of American Fascists and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, cites the opioid crisis, the increases in gambling and magical thinking, and the explosion of xenophobia as symptoms of a society that has lost hope. He traces this disillusionment to the twin ills of a de facto corporate coup d’état and a failed democracy. The anger and frustration these have spawned helped bring Trump to power and Hedges issues a passionate call to action to reverse them.

Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who was a foreign correspondent for fifteen years for The New York Times where he served as the Middle East Bureau Chief and Balkan Bureau Chief for the paper. He previously worked overseas for The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor, and NPR. He writes a weekly column for the online magazine Truthdig out of Los Angeles and is host of the Emmy Award­–winning RT America show On Contact. Hedges, who holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard University, is the author of the bestsellers American Fascists, Days of Destruction­, Days of Revolt, and was a National Book Critics Circle finalist for War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University, and the University of Toronto. He currently teaches college credit courses in the New Jersey prison system.

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Tee Ada says:

It’s official…I love Chris Hedges. I read his latest book and it was amazing. The second guy who asked a question sounds like he just couldn’t accept the truth about the world that we live in.

William George says:

The only way out of the mess we are in is The #NeedAct. We can create our own sovereign money without taxing anyone or borrowing money off of anyone and buy our way out. #occupytheneedact #needact #occupywallstreet #ows

Nice Kitty says:

If Chris Hedges ran for office I would vote for him

Howard Switzer says:

He tells us they fear us, then tells us we have to make them afraid of us, so the job shouldn’t be too hard. “The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks.“ The reason is that money is power and those who dominate the industry control the creation of it, not government they control government. Any government that does not create and issue the money, is controlled by those who do.

3506Dodge says:

Hedges says the same thing over and over again. He’s everywhere. I don’t know what he means by being thwarted.

3506Dodge says:

Just like the trumpsters voted for trump because they feel betrayed by establishment republicans who’ve served corporate interests.

citizenghosttown says:

Can’t stand this guy. A serial plagiarist who, from a lofty position of privilege, imagines that both political parties are the same. Completely out of touch.

3506Dodge says:

If there’s a “diseased society” then there must be a ‘healthy society’ . Where or when are those?

EnergyFlowAbundance says:

sorry, but how is the american dream a lie for the white man? and i agree, intelligent black people in american do not live under the falsehood that indeed, america is fair and equal. its the immigrants that come here with that dream an then when they realize its just not real, want to go home but then look at their home land and see, wait….coproratism took over so my country is also ruined. but yea, either way, the white man still gets a lot more respect and power in the current system than any other part of the populace, along with white women, or indeed, anyone willing to change their entire self to look more and behave “european”

Suzanne Wheat says:

Sports is the opiate of the people.

Diogenes Laertius says:

Chris?…historically, what has been the effects of mass migration on a society?

Rockyoumentally says:

The constant waring and the deathblow was operation paperclip.. That was true betrayal.

Quintin54 Harris says:

James Baldwin

shayla cake says:

Everything Chris discusses is absolutely horrible but seeing that I am not alone in believing that all this stuff is most definitely true gives me 1/1000th of piece of mind.

Elena Diaz says:

People wants to hear about hope but Chris Hedges message is there is no hope if ppl is not prepaired to hard work, sacrifice and most of all organize against powerful forces, that is the cost of hope.

Christopher Gordon says:

I’ll be honest, I’ve listened to this and for the most part it’s a portion of truth and a portion of conspiracy…

Rob Whyte says:

Great speaker with a richness of ideas, but I’m not sure he has researched the climate change issue well … unless it’s his intention to cherry pick the worst predictions for shock value.

First Maje says:

I’m not sure if porn is truely bad, but whatever it is it should be base on hard facts, no puns intended. Of course they could put some of them behind paywall or ban.

Victor Santana says:

I need to read that book. Totally agree with the author but I would use the Roman Empire as an example of how expansion of dominion by military force, which created so many enemies instead of allies, resulted in the fall of Rome.

william shafer says:

sad lack of younger people in audience, yet we who care are not alone

Oegoenoegoe says:

The ruling elites will never help the not elites thats why they are elites

Ted Chyn says:

It is easier to blame the rest of the World for America’s own failings. America is collapsing under her own weight during the past 40+ years. Rampant drug addictions, greedy Wall Street, the self-entitled and indolent underclass, inefficient and corrupted public institutions including many of NGO and nonprofit, learning nothing and proud of it public education systems are examples committed not by another country but by the citizens and patriots of the US.

vivahernando1 says:

Is this guy religious? His anti porn stance is kinda weird?

Sublimeister Visionweaver says:

Chris Hedges should have Naomi Wolf on his RT show. Her book “End of America” is also a must-see.

L D says:

I really enjoyed Mr. Hedges discussion here. Very good. Though we’re not happy what Clinton and Obama had done, let’s don’t forget about Reagan when he was in office our manufacturing jobs were going overseas in droves leaving Americans flat with hardly any job security. Reagan’s loyal support of the wealthy and how they should be rewarded: “He froze the minimum wage, slashed federal assistance to local governments by 60%, cut public housing, implemented tax policies for the wealthy, cut down Medicaid, food stamps, federal education programs, and the EPA. . . he raised our national debt from “$997 billion to $2.85 trillion for our grandchildren to pay for it. So, let’s don’t forget this piece of history, too, Mr. Hedges, and where it really began in this country when corporations abandoned their American workers to send their jobs overseas for less wages, no unions, no benefits, no health insurance and betray the American public’s trust and confidence in the system (The Unfair Well Tour).

RetiredGuy Adventures says:

58:23 – 1:11:52 Profound…

Grendel Prime says:

Fuck Chris Hedges, every solution he suggests is right out of the left wing playbook yet he calls himself an independent.

Tom Minogue Hastings says:


ExRep Fiddlero says:

This author is a bit of a moron, but yes, this MFer is burning right now and most people don’t even realize it.

Quintin54 Harris says:

the term African-American is a newly raised up term we are the American Aborigines we are not from Africa he use the term negro and black but not Africa

pillmuncher67 says:

There is only one solution. No, really. It’s Ⓐ.

TJ B says:

I love the part from 54:00

Sondra L says:

Yeah on the Vegan mention! :o)

Klash says:

Chris Hedges is the best at what he does. Brilliant.

obarelida says:

one of the brightest minds​ of our time, just love listening to this clever man

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